Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) today called for a Congressional hearing into the inexcusable and inexplicable cable failure causing indefinite, severe service disruptions along Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line. Further, Blumenthal is calling for a comprehensive assessment of rail infrastructure to identify areas where immediate emergency investment may be warranted to prevent further breakdowns.
“As a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, I am calling for a Congressional hearing into the inexcusable and inexplicable cable failure that has caused indefinite, severe disruptions along Metro North Railroad’s New Haven Line. For the second time this year, failing rail infrastructure has caused catastrophic delays and cancelations, resulting in cascading delays and congestion throughout our region’s already overcrowded highways. For the 125,000 daily commuters who rely on our rail lines—the busiest lines in the nation-- and our regional economy as a whole, this is unacceptable and intolerable. Congress must immediately investigate how this breakdown could have occurred, why contingency plans were not in place, and why reliable, timely estimates are not available for the restoration of service.
Further, I am calling for a comprehensive assessment of all rail infrastructure along the crowded Northeast corridor, including the Metro-North New Haven Line, to examine and identify areas where immediate emergency investments may be necessary.
The urgent priority right now must be to restore service as quickly as possible so as to prevent further inconvenience and serious economic harm to Connecticut and the entire metropolitan region.”